Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to IAEA Director Raphael Grossi’s declaration that any strike on Iran’s nuclear program would be unlawful as “unworthy” on Sunday.
“Contrary to what law?
“Netanyahu remarked at the Cabinet meeting on Sunday. Is it acceptable for Iran, which openly advocates for our annihilation, to defend the deadly weapons that would kill us? Do we have the right to self-defense? It is evident that we are and will act this way.
Rafael Grossi was “a worthy gentleman who uttered something unworthy,” the speaker claimed.
The Israeli prime minister added that it was Purim eve, “2,500 years ago, an enemy arose in Persia who attempted to kill the Jews.
They were unsuccessful back then, and they won’t be successful now.
In a press conference with Mohammed Eslami, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, after a meeting on Saturday in Tehran, Grossi stated: “I think any attack, any military attack on a nuclear site is outlaw[ed]—is out of the normative structures that we all follow by.”
During the two-day summit, the IAEA attempted to persuade Iran to comply with the U.N. Nuclear watchdog aims to track the nation’s adherence to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement it signed with other countries in 2015.
According to the IAEA head, the negotiations had “high expectations,” and participants had shown “readiness” to collaborate.